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Cost of living in 21 Texas cities, ranked cheapest to most expensive

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Plano had the highest Cost of Living Index score among 21 Texas cities.
Most of those 21 urban areas were less expensive than the national average.
Harlingen, Texas, was the least expensive among the 21 Texas locations with scores.

Plano and Dallas in Texas are more expensive places to live in in the state than Houston or Abilene, based on a Cost of Living Index for the second quarter. 

The Council for Community and Economic Research, or C2ER, creates a quarterly Cost of Living Index. The index is based on a few different categories, such as utilities and housing. There were 274 urban areas that participated in the second quarter, a press release said.

“The Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile,” the press release said.

Insider also looked at the cost of living for places in Florida and California. While all 10 urban areas in California in the second quarter’s analysis had an index above the national average of 100, meaning they’re more expensive than the average US urban area in the study, that wasn’t true for Texas.

The urban areas of Plano and Dallas were the only two places among the 21 Texas locations that had scores above the national average of 100. Austin didn’t fall too behind the national average though, with a composite index of 98.8.

The following shows how the 21 Texas urban areas with data for the second quarter ranked among each other, based on the Cost of Living Index from C2ER. We also included several average prices for each location from C2ER that was shared with Insider. These prices were based on certain criteria. For instance, home prices is based on newer-construction homes with certain features of the home, among other criteria.

21. Harlingen, Texas

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Composite index: 79.6

Home price: $331,625

Apartment rent: $854

Energy: $201.74

Doctor visit: $95

Beauty salon visit: $42.5

 

20. McAllen, Texas

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Composite index: 81.8

Home price: $275,333

Apartment rent: $852

Energy: $199.84

Doctor visit: $87.5

Beauty salon visit: $31.67

19. Amarillo, Texas

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Composite index: 85.9

Home price: $290,338

Apartment rent: $1,205

Energy: $175.98

Doctor visit: $114

Beauty salon visit: $51

18. Nacogdoches, Texas

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Composite index: 87.0

Home price: $385,511

Apartment rent: $864

Energy: $227.18

Doctor visit: $121.5

Beauty salon visit: $31

17. El Paso, Texas

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Composite index: 87.4

Home price: $318,129

Apartment rent: $1,265

Energy: $144.43

Doctor visit: $127

Beauty salon visit: $35.33

16. San Antonio, Texas

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Composite index: 91.2

Home price: $338,013

Apartment rent: $1,467

Energy: $137.32

Doctor visit: $146.67

Beauty salon visit: $72.8

15. Temple, Texas

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Composite index: 91.6

Home price: $412,607

Apartment rent: $1,382

Energy: $227.09

Doctor visit: $162.14

Beauty salon visit: $43.67

14. Abilene, Texas

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Composite index: 91.9

Home price: $423,130

Apartment rent: $1,102

Energy: $187.05

Doctor visit: $117.33

Beauty salon visit: $32.5

13. Corpus Christi, Texas

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Composite index: 92.1

Home price: $350,963

Apartment rent: $1,442.5

Energy: $233.38

Doctor visit: $103.33

Beauty salon visit: $43.5

12. Lubbock, Texas

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Composite index: 92.2

Home price: $449,213

Apartment rent: $1,012

Energy: $161.68

Doctor visit: $103.5

Beauty salon visit: $46.25

11. Conroe, Texas

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Composite index: 92.3

Home price: $403,257

Apartment rent: $1,435

Energy: $202.26

Doctor visit: $108.33

Beauty salon visit: $49.75

10. Odessa, Texas

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Composite index: 92.6

Home price: $423,500

Apartment rent: $1,155

Energy: $177.24

Doctor visit: $125.25

Beauty salon visit: $42.5

9. Cedar Park, Texas

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Composite index: 93.0

Home price: $456,745

Apartment rent: $1,339

Energy: $214.33

Doctor visit: $87.5

Beauty salon visit: $47.33

8. Waco, Texas

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Composite index: 93.7

Home price: $392,800

Apartment rent: $1,254

Energy: $220.39

Doctor visit: $100.5

Beauty salon visit: $41.2

6 (tie). Longview, Texas

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Composite index: 94.2

Home price: $420,613

Apartment rent: $1,227

Energy: $230.22

Doctor visit: $88.2

Beauty salon visit: $45.4

6 (tie). Houston, Texas

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Composite index: 94.2

Home price: $407,506

Apartment rent: $1,349

Energy: $191.74

Doctor visit: $92.27

Beauty salon visit: $69.4

5. Midland, Texas

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Composite index: 96.3

Home price: $399,495

Apartment rent: $1,098

Energy: $193.65

Doctor visit: $112.5

Beauty salon visit: $57.17

4. Tyler, Texas

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Composite index: 96.6

Home price: $422,565

Apartment rent: $1,540

Energy: $211.66

Doctor visit: $112.4

Beauty salon visit: $53.33

3. Austin, Texas

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Composite index: 98.8

Home price: $512,470

Apartment rent: $1,861

Energy: $165.22

Doctor visit: $103.56

Beauty salon visit: $53

2. Dallas, Texas

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Composite index: 102.5

Home price: $474,503

Apartment rent: $1,552

Energy: $215.46

Doctor visit: $131.97

Beauty salon visit: $62.5

1. Plano, Texas

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Composite index: 117.9

Home price: $681,497

Apartment rent: $1,787

Energy: $238.36

Doctor visit: $164.33

Beauty salon visit: $75.67

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Plano had the highest Cost of Living Index score among 21 Texas cities.
Most of those 21 urban areas were less expensive than the national average.
Harlingen, Texas, was the least expensive among the 21 Texas locations with scores.

Plano and Dallas in Texas are more expensive places to live in in the state than Houston or Abilene, based on a Cost of Living Index for the second quarter. 

The Council for Community and Economic Research, or C2ER, creates a quarterly Cost of Living Index. The index is based on a few different categories, such as utilities and housing. There were 274 urban areas that participated in the second quarter, a press release said.

“The Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile,” the press release said.

Insider also looked at the cost of living for places in Florida and California. While all 10 urban areas in California in the second quarter’s analysis had an index above the national average of 100, meaning they’re more expensive than the average US urban area in the study, that wasn’t true for Texas.

The urban areas of Plano and Dallas were the only two places among the 21 Texas locations that had scores above the national average of 100. Austin didn’t fall too behind the national average though, with a composite index of 98.8.

The following shows how the 21 Texas urban areas with data for the second quarter ranked among each other, based on the Cost of Living Index from C2ER. We also included several average prices for each location from C2ER that was shared with Insider. These prices were based on certain criteria. For instance, home prices is based on newer-construction homes with certain features of the home, among other criteria.

21. Harlingen, Texas

DavieJones13/Getty Images

Composite index: 79.6

Home price: $331,625

Apartment rent: $854

Energy: $201.74

Doctor visit: $95

Beauty salon visit: $42.5

 

20. McAllen, Texas

DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images

Composite index: 81.8

Home price: $275,333

Apartment rent: $852

Energy: $199.84

Doctor visit: $87.5

Beauty salon visit: $31.67

19. Amarillo, Texas

halbergman/Getty Images

Composite index: 85.9

Home price: $290,338

Apartment rent: $1,205

Energy: $175.98

Doctor visit: $114

Beauty salon visit: $51

18. Nacogdoches, Texas

Marti157900/Getty Images

Composite index: 87.0

Home price: $385,511

Apartment rent: $864

Energy: $227.18

Doctor visit: $121.5

Beauty salon visit: $31

17. El Paso, Texas

Sean Pavone/Getty Images

Composite index: 87.4

Home price: $318,129

Apartment rent: $1,265

Energy: $144.43

Doctor visit: $127

Beauty salon visit: $35.33

16. San Antonio, Texas

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Composite index: 91.2

Home price: $338,013

Apartment rent: $1,467

Energy: $137.32

Doctor visit: $146.67

Beauty salon visit: $72.8

15. Temple, Texas

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Composite index: 91.6

Home price: $412,607

Apartment rent: $1,382

Energy: $227.09

Doctor visit: $162.14

Beauty salon visit: $43.67

14. Abilene, Texas

BOB WESTON/Getty Images

Composite index: 91.9

Home price: $423,130

Apartment rent: $1,102

Energy: $187.05

Doctor visit: $117.33

Beauty salon visit: $32.5

13. Corpus Christi, Texas

DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images

Composite index: 92.1

Home price: $350,963

Apartment rent: $1,442.5

Energy: $233.38

Doctor visit: $103.33

Beauty salon visit: $43.5

12. Lubbock, Texas

DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images

Composite index: 92.2

Home price: $449,213

Apartment rent: $1,012

Energy: $161.68

Doctor visit: $103.5

Beauty salon visit: $46.25

11. Conroe, Texas

Roberto Galan/Shutterstock

Composite index: 92.3

Home price: $403,257

Apartment rent: $1,435

Energy: $202.26

Doctor visit: $108.33

Beauty salon visit: $49.75

10. Odessa, Texas

DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images

Composite index: 92.6

Home price: $423,500

Apartment rent: $1,155

Energy: $177.24

Doctor visit: $125.25

Beauty salon visit: $42.5

9. Cedar Park, Texas

P A Thompson/Getty Images

Composite index: 93.0

Home price: $456,745

Apartment rent: $1,339

Energy: $214.33

Doctor visit: $87.5

Beauty salon visit: $47.33

8. Waco, Texas

Walter Bibikow/Getty Images

Composite index: 93.7

Home price: $392,800

Apartment rent: $1,254

Energy: $220.39

Doctor visit: $100.5

Beauty salon visit: $41.2

6 (tie). Longview, Texas

Rosemarie Mosteller/Shutterstock

Composite index: 94.2

Home price: $420,613

Apartment rent: $1,227

Energy: $230.22

Doctor visit: $88.2

Beauty salon visit: $45.4

6 (tie). Houston, Texas

Shobeir Ansari/Getty Images

Composite index: 94.2

Home price: $407,506

Apartment rent: $1,349

Energy: $191.74

Doctor visit: $92.27

Beauty salon visit: $69.4

5. Midland, Texas

dszc/Getty Images

Composite index: 96.3

Home price: $399,495

Apartment rent: $1,098

Energy: $193.65

Doctor visit: $112.5

Beauty salon visit: $57.17

4. Tyler, Texas

LMPark Photos/Shutterstock

Composite index: 96.6

Home price: $422,565

Apartment rent: $1,540

Energy: $211.66

Doctor visit: $112.4

Beauty salon visit: $53.33

3. Austin, Texas

Jeremy Woodhouse/Getty Images

Composite index: 98.8

Home price: $512,470

Apartment rent: $1,861

Energy: $165.22

Doctor visit: $103.56

Beauty salon visit: $53

2. Dallas, Texas

Danny Lehman/Getty Images

Composite index: 102.5

Home price: $474,503

Apartment rent: $1,552

Energy: $215.46

Doctor visit: $131.97

Beauty salon visit: $62.5

1. Plano, Texas

Gary Fink/Getty Images

Composite index: 117.9

Home price: $681,497

Apartment rent: $1,787

Energy: $238.36

Doctor visit: $164.33

Beauty salon visit: $75.67

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